Congrats to Eduard Grosu and Ash Duban, Winners of the Red Hook Crit Milano Race and 2014 Series Champions Thibaud Lhenry and Ainara Elbusto Artega

Posted on October 13 2014, 3:17pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

 
Race and series winners gather on the podium to share a well-deserved drink as the 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series draws to a close. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

The rain in Milan held out just long enough for the winners to celebrate on the podium, as Eduard Grosu of Romania won the final stage of this year’s men’s Red Hook Criterium and France’s Thibaud Lhenry took the series championship after finishing in 16th place on the day. Ash Duban from Austin, Texas took the gold in the women’s race followed by Barcelona winner and this year’s women’s champion Ainara Elbusto Artega from Spain.


Cycling icon Luciano Berruti lines up with the athletes before taking them out on the lead out lap – a tradition of the RHC Milano race. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

Grosu rode to victory in the men's race at Milano for the second straight year, and was followed by former pro and RHC newcomer Ivan Ravaioli and Barcelona winner Julio Padilla, finishing second and third respectively. In the women’s race, Fleur Faure captured third behind Duban and Artega. Congratulations also go out to team series winners Iride-Demode Sc for Men’s and Desgena for Women’s. And special shout out to Team Cinelli Chrome for taking second place in the Men’s team points series - Cinelli is a truly passionate co-sponsor and their team's riding abilities are elite.


Race winner Eduard Grosu taking one of the fastest corners of the circuit. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

With a course designed for speed, the race was incredibly fast. With a pace clocking in at around 30mph, the field stretched out into a long, snaking chain of 95 competitors. Pole position was fiercely contested by the likes of series veteran Evan Murphy, Ravaioli and Padilla. Not far behind was Diego Yepez from Mexico, whose constant attacks on the front kept a fire lit under the race winners to keep their spots, and earned him the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist.


Ash Duban shouts in celebration as she crosses the line to take first place in the women's race. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

As the cycling season draws to an end, it has been amazing to watch just how much the Red Hook Crit has grown once again this year. With thousands of spectators attending the races rain-or-shine in New York, Barcelona and Milan, plus increased coverage from major sports and news outlets, we cannot wait to see what the 2015 series will bring. Be sure to keep up with the Red Hook Crit on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, plus keep an eye on the Rockstar Warehouse for official Red Hook Crit Rockstar gear coming soon.


Diego Yepez is all smiles as he joins the race winners to collect the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

Previously:
The Red Hook Crit Championship Series Finale Heads to Milan
The 2014 Red Hook Criterium Championship Cycling Series

The Red Hook Crit Championship Series Finale Heads to Milan

Posted on October 7 2014, 12:30pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

Following the intense competition from Barcelona, the Red Hook Crit Championship Series heads to its final stop in Milan this Saturday. The championship standings for both the Men’s and Women’s series are up for grabs. In each case, the top 15 leaders in the series standings are mathematically viable for the top three positions. 

2014 has been an amazing growth year for the Red Hook Crit – with more fans, competitors and events than ever before, each stop of the Championship Series has become an electric event: from the epic downpours of the Brooklyn opener, to the high-speed action at Barcelona. Milan continues this year’s growth with the addition of the Women’s criterium, which we’ve happily seen hit every stop of the series this year. 

Milan will also feature the Last Chance Race: once the afternoon’s qualifying rounds and the men’s criterium competitors have been placed, a small group of top qualifiers who didn’t make it into the final criterium are given one last chance to race head-to-head and earn a spot in the final.

The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist will once again be presented on the podium, awarded to the rider, who without consideration for their final position, most effects the outcome of the race through a combination of tactics, aggressiveness, and sheer strength. 

Best of luck to all the competitors. For anyone in Milan, this race is free to attend and is surely not to be missed. To follow the live race action, check out the official Red Hook Crit App for iOS and Android and for more information, visit the official website, or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr


Previously:
A New Champion Emerges for the Win at Red Hook Crit Barcelona No°2

Rest in Peace, Yeardley Diamond

Posted on September 3 2014, 2:38pm | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Rockstar

It has come to our attention that a cherished and very talented member of the GTA community has tragically passed away. Fernando Agapito Jr. aka Yeardley Diamond was a YouTube creator who worked wonders with GTAIV PC to create some of the most memorable and beloved original machinima videos in the history of Grand Theft Auto fan videos. Many of you may fondly recall such classic videos of his as “Harlem Shake on Rockstar Games”, “Niko’s Yoga”, “Niko’s Dramatic Reaction” (to GTAV), “GTAIV Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman”.

Since Fernando’s brother Francis confirmed the news of his untimely passing on Facebook yesterday, outpourings of grief and eulogies have been shared at GTAForums, on Reddit, and by GTA fans across social media.

We at Rockstar Games send our sincerest condolences to the Agapito family, and all of Fernando’s friends and fellow fans. Rest in peace, Yeardley Diamond.

 

A New Champion Emerges for the Win at Red Hook Crit Barcelona No°2

Posted on September 3 2014, 11:55am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar


Julio Padilla crossing the finish line. Photo credit: Father Tu

The second race in the Red Hook Crit 2014 series took place on Saturday at the spectacular waterfront venue, Parc Del Forum in Barcelona Spain. With record attendance and before an absolutely electrified crowd, the Barcelona No. 2 was taken by a new athlete that no one saw coming. 21 year old Guatemalan cycling prodigy, Julio Padilla, countered his teammate perfectly to pull away from the lead field with only a few laps remaining, crossing the finish line with his arms raised high while the chase pack followed merely a few wheels behind.


Armand Paul Kabarec sprinting in the afternoon qualifying. Photo cred: Francesco Rachello / Eloise Mavian

His teammate and winner of the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award, Eduardo Colon, earned the inaugural prize by paving the way for Padilla in a long solo break that at moments placed him a full eleven seconds ahead of the field and before a crowd of over 5,000 roaring spectators. Positioning in the chase pack was fiercely contested by Brooklyn’s winner Thibaud Lhenry, second place finisher Augusto Reati, and other race favorites Kyle Murphy, Mario Paz Duque and Nicholas Varani, as riders fought to catch up to Colon’s blistering pace.


Eduardo Colon takes the inaugural Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award. Photo credit: Father Tu


Ainara Elbusto Arteaga breaks away from the pack.

The women’s criterium was taken by Ainara Elbusto Arteaga, followed by Fleur Faure in second. For the first time in Red Hook Crit history, siblings took the podium with Reati’s sister, Vittoria Reati taking third place. Congratulations are also in order to the women’s 5k winner, Txell Calduch Prat and the men’s 5k winner Otmane Btaim, who finished with a scorching 14:44. Hats off to the top ten finishers of the inaugural Last Chance Race, giving riders whose qualifying times did not position them in the final criterium a final do-or-die last chance race to earn a slot. 


Riders navigate the chicane. Photo credit: Francesco Rachello / Eloise Mavian


Race winner Julio Padilla sprinting in the final laps. Photo credit: Francesco Rachello / Eloise Mavian

The championship series points standings are closer than ever going into the final stop on October 11th in Red Hook Crit’s fifth visit to Milano, Italy. For full standings, race information and updates, visit the official Red Hook Crit channels at redhookcrit.com, facebook.com/redhookcrit, and instagram.com/redhookcrit.


Winner Julio Padilla with a commanding lead. Photo credit: Francesco Rachello / Eloise Mavian

 


Previously:
The Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No°2 this Saturday, August 30th
Fearless Athletes Defy the Elements at Red Hook Crit No. 7
Red Hook Crit at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
The 2014 Red Hook Criterium Championship Cycling Series

The Rockstar Warehouse End of Summer Sale

Posted on August 28 2014, 4:00pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

Starting today, and running through Monday, September 8th, your reliable suppliers at the Rockstar Warehouse are offering you 25% off of your favorite Apparel and Collectibles from some of our most popular games.

Rock a bit of the old school with a tee from the Red Dead Redemption Frontier Collection, or raid our Posters section to wallpaper your bedroom on the cheap with vintage snipes available from Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, and the original Max Payne.

Get ready for the end of summer holidays now, and stock up for the fall with some Original Soundtrack CDs, Caps, Kubrick Box Sets and a whole lot more.

This offer is valid on rockstarwarehouse.com only. Offer does not include any games or GTAV gear or collectibles. Offer does not apply to previous purchases, credits, or gift cards. Discount applied before shipping and taxes are added (if any). Offer valid through Monday, September 8th, 2014, 11:59pm ET. ET is local time in New York City, USA. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. Details of offer are subject to change and may be canceled without notice.

The Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No°2 this Saturday, August 30th

Posted on August 25 2014, 12:28pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar


 

For the second straight year, the Red Hook Crit Championship Series returns to the spectacular waterfront circuit at Parc Del Forum in Barcelona, Spain for the next-stop of this international race series. 
 
Competitors from 24 countries, including series leaders Thibaud Lhenry, Alessandro Bruzza and Neil Bezdek, will compete for points, pride and glory in the penultimate race of this year’s series. With incredibly tight standings and a deep list of top competitors returning from Brooklyn’s race in torrential downpours, the podium and series standings will be ferociously contested. 
 
The Red Hook Criterium Championship Series will expand to include an inaugural women’s race in Barcelona. A strong international field of women will contend for equal prizes and championship points. 
 
Additionally, the “Last Chance Race” will be introduced to give riders who didn’t qualify for the men’s race an opportunity to earn a final transfer spot. This will give novice riders new racing experience in this do-or-die competition to earn a spot in the main event.
 
For real-time scoring and race information, make sure to download the official Red Hook Crit Raceday app for iOS and Android devices, and for more detailed race info visit redhookcrit.com, facebook.com/redhookcrit, and instagram.com/redhookcrit.
 
 
Previously:
Fearless Athletes Defy the Elements at Red Hook Crit No. 7
Red Hook Crit at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
The 2014 Red Hook Criterium Championship Cycling Series

Crew Cut: A Crew that Hand-Delivers IRL License Plates, Plus F.C.-Themed Squads and More

Posted on August 11 2014, 11:18am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Rockstar, Games

In this latest edition of the Crew Cut, we take note of an exceptionally tight-knit Crew who’ve developed some real friendships by virtue of their GTA Online brotherhood, as well as some 1,000 member Crews bound together by their love for their local Football Club, plus the latest Crews on Film standout videos and more.

HILLBILLIES WITH HEART

Good chemistry in a Crew is essential. The better connected a clique is, the better they'll be out in the trenches of TDMs and Captures – or even watching each others’ backs in the sometimes mean streets of Freemode. Formed last September 17th, the Hillbilly Agenda (HBAG) Crew are probably as genuinely close knit as you can get. Each week, Leader KnoxNerd sends an encouraging email to HBAG's other sixteen members. Within each correspondence comes a stat sheet (like the one above) that includes current and previous Ranks and hours played, total RP and more - a great source of motivation to push one another towards excellence. 

Then there's the matter of the custom license plates KnoxNerd had commissioned to match those from Los Santos Customs, his of which was just featured in our most recent fan pics gallery. Knox wrote in to tell us the recent story of when Tennessee resident j0hnnykn0x was attending a wedding in California a few hours away from where fellow Lieutenant BRAWNSON lives, j0hnny jumped in his car and raced down those proverbial Blaine County freeways to personally deliver his plate it to him. And despite living all the way in Norway, there are plans for HBAG Commissioner AcemanNOR to receive his Crew plate hand-delivered by KnoxNerd (also a Tennessean) later this year.

Truly incredible team spirit best summarized by this photo montage KnoxNerd sent our way:

 

F.C.s INVADE THE S.C.

With all the great subplots and action of this year's recent World Cup, it seems plenty of Los Santos residents have shown their allegiance to their favorite local footie teams via the Crews of Social Club. Here's a spolight on a few Crews dedicated to their teams that have either maxed out their 1,000-person roster or are well on their way. If you’re a fan of any of these FC’s, you may want to request an invite before it’s too late.

Paris Saint-Germain F.C., the French Club that just won their second consecutive and fourth total Ligue 1 championship, are the inspiration behind the Paris Saint-Germain (0PSG) Crew. Founded last August just after the start of the season, 0PSG are particularly proficient at Racing. Currently ranked 172nd in GTA Races (1,411 Wins), 246th in Rally Races (64 Wins/77 Matches) and 372nd in Races (8,220 Wins/14,868 Matches), 0PSG are helped by the likes of Brahimax93_Csl, who leads the squad in Races (337 Wins) and is second in GTA Races (73 Wins/1.40 K/D Ratio). 

Two Argentinian Crews are also showing their footie love. Paying tribute to the Primera División league's Club Atlético River Plate are the CA River Plate (CARP) Crew. Racing seems to be CARP's primary strength, ranking 122nd in GTA Races (1,604 Wins/2,929 Matches), 173rd in Races (10,767 Wins/18,689 Matches) and 361st in Rally Races. Multitalented, CARP are also ranked 151st in Tennis (1,246 Wins/6,364 Points). Club Atlético Boca Juniors, 30-time winner of the Primera División, inspired the Boca Juniors (CABJ) Crew. Also solid at Tennis with a rank of 180th (1,005 Wins/5,441 Points), CABJ are also respectable racers across the board. In addition to ranking 265th in GTA Races (1,231 Wins/2,180 Matches), they rank 313th in Races (8,759 Wins/15,415 Matches), 498th in Rally Races (47 Wins/61 Matches) and 610th in Non-Contact Races (257 Wins/563 Matches).

Two other Tennis-savvy Crews both show their love for Manchester clubs. The Manchester City Crew (MCFC) are sitting at 22nd on the Tennis charts with 799 Wins/4,063 Points. Non-Contact Racing is also a talent, as MCFC's 284 Wins/460 Matches have earned them a rank of 479th. Despite everyone's respective tennis prowess, no other footie-centric Crew can seemingly match the Manchester United FC (MUFC) Crew on the courts, as they're ranked 127th with 1,223 wins and 6,462 points. 

With 18 League titles, five European Cups and much more, Liverpool F.C. have won more European trophies than any English club. Paying tribute to them are the Liverpool Warriors (WARS) Crew, no slouches themselves in several categories. Their strongest suit is without a doubt Parachuting, currently ranked 156th with 703 Wins/2,079 Matches. WARS also are strong in the racing categories - 620th in Non-Contact Races (254 Wins/453 Matches) and 781st in Races (6,335 Wins/11,349 Matches).

 

D.I.Y. BATTLES

A couple of months back, we featured the CAP PILLAS (BANG) Crew's then-upcoming Head Hollowers Tournament as part of a feature on grass roots Crew events. After a month of battling that started with 21 Crews in the first round (divided into parts 1 and 2) and went on to some great semi-finals action, it got down to the Temple Drive Ballas (TDBG) and FVCK A NAME GANG (FANG) in the finals. Battling it out in not one but two close TDMs – playing the Rockstar Jobs Biolab followed by Governmental - and led by XxSaya-ChanxX's 27 overall kills, FANG took the day 2-0 and thus were crowned champs.

Congrats to FANG and all the participants as well as to HOT_KIMERA, HOT_LEDDY, HOT_PAiiN and HOT_TIGRE for putting together such a great tournament. You can check out highlights of the finals in the sizzle reel above. If the TDBG feel the need for a rematch, feel free to contact us at crewchallenges@rockstargames.com and we may be able to schedule you in an upcoming Crew battle at the official Rockstar Twitch channel.

Meanwhile, almost a year into their formation, the LS Mafia Family (LSMF) Crew are celebrating with a massive, 64-Crew birthday Team Deathmatch tournament. Currently underway in the 3rd round, participating Crews are in the midst of a series of best of three, ten minute battles. You can stay up to date on tourney progress here.

 

CREWS ON FILM
Here's a look at a few of the most recent Crew-focused vids that grabbed our attention.

Brand new to the Social Club and already putting out awesome highlight vids are the Russian Girls Crew (G1RU) who have a simple motto explaining their common bond: “Russian speakers. Girls.”. Led by Nikacoma, you can check out their official VK profile page as well as this four-minute stylish action clip from erstwhile Commissioner Kokonitos (who is no longer rolling with G1RU and is these days aligned with MAKAVELI’s GTAPhotographers).

The Ageing Infidels (21UP) have come up with a banging GTA Online music video remake of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video. Put your headphones on, turn the volume all the way up and prepare to get amped on this fantastic vid. Our only question is, where's Cochese?

Crew Battle veteran PaxSierraMike and the Australia Illuminati free-aim off-shoot the Highway Daemons MC (HDMI) pay tribute to the chopper that's beloved by many an MC, the Hexer. Appropriately set to "Blue Eyed Hexe" by the Pixies, this video certainly has a bad-ass, "don't F with us vibe" all the way through. 

With the 2 Chainz/Wiz Khalifa collabo "We Own It" as the soundtrack, the SoITezRobo Racing (STRR) Crew is responsible for the above ode to Fast and Furious homage. The STRR host car meets regularly and are super active over at the GTAForums Online Meetups Lobby, painstakingly put this tribute capturing the film's essence together over several sessions.

Previously:
Camera Clubs, Creator Collaborators and the Latest Crew Vs Crew Battles
Current Grassroots Events, Official Live Battle Scores and More
Latest Live-Stream Battles, Return of the Homage and More... 

Catch GTAV Soundtrack Artists in Concert: Summer Festivals and Tour Calendar

Posted on June 23 2014, 10:59am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Rockstar

Summer music festival season has begun and whether you’re a loyal Radio Mirror Park listener, a Channel X headbanger or a Radio Los Santos fan, chances are your favorite GTAV soundtrack artist is out on tour or appearing at one of the many music festivals happening across the world over the next few months. As a helpful guide, we’ve compiled the below tour listings calendar for you to see who’s coming to a venue near you – including a breakdown arranged by artists from the Original Soundtrack album as well as by radio station and some festival listings where other GTA soundtrack alumni will be performing. Feel free to drop a comment below if you know of any other GTA soundtrack artists' concert dates coming up or to let us know if you managed to catch any of these guys as the shows happen – we’ll also be updating this post with additional dates as they’re announced.

ARTISTS ON TOUR FROM THE MUSIC OF GRAND THEFT AUTO V - VOLUME 1: ORIGINAL MUSIC:

100s
7/25 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
7/26 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

A$AP Rocky
6/27 Los Angeles, CA @ BET Experience 2014
7/05 Québec, QC, CA @ Plains of Abraham (Opening for Snoop Dogg)
7/18 London, UK @ Lovebox 2014
7/27 Seattle, WA @ The Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

Flying Lotus
6/28 Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
7/18 Pemberton, BC, CA @ Pemberton Music Festival 2014
8/17 Somerset, WI @ Summerset Music Festival
8/24 Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

Freddie Gibbs
6/24 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
6/25 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
6/26 Manhattan, KS @ Rc Mcgraw's
6/27 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
6/28 Kansas City, MO @ The Arvest Bank Theater
8/30 Glasgow, UK @ 02 ABC 2
8/31 London, UK @ XOYO

HEALTH
7/10 Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theater
7/18 Toronto, ON, CA @ The Hoxton

Neon Indian
6/28 Chicago, IL @ Chive Fest Chicago

Off!
7/05 Oakland, CA @ Burger Boogaloo Festival
7/11 Milton Keynes, UK @ Milton Keynes Bowl

The Chain Gang of 1974
7/16 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
7/18 West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
7/19 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room at the Observatory
7/21 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
7/23 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
7/24 Vancouver, BC, CA @ The Imperial
7/25 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
7/26 Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party

Twin Shadow
7/11 Saugerties, NY @ The Hudson Project
7/12 Saugerties, NY @ The Hudson Project
7/13 Saugerties, NY @ The Hudson Project
7/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series
8/15 Somerset, WI @ Summer Set Music & Camping Festival
8/20 London, UK @ The Eclipse Tour
8/21 Berlin, DE @ The Eclipse Tour
8/22 Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
8/24 Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
8/27 Paris, FR @ The Eclipse Tour
8/28 Tel Aviv, IL @ The Eclipse Tour
8/29 Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
8/30 Stockholm, SE @ Popaganda Festival

Tyler, The Creator
7/08 Montreal, QC, CA @ Métropolis
7/09 Ottawa, ON, CA @ Ottawa Blues Fest
7/13 Saskatoon, SK, CA @ O'Brian's Event Centre
7/14 Winnipeg, MB, CA @ Burton Cummings Theatre
7/15 Edmonton, AB, CA @ Starlite Room
7/16 Edmonton, AB, CA @ Starlite Room
7/18 Pemberton, BC, CA @ Pemberton Music Festival
7/22 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
7/23 London, UK @ The Forum
8/16 Centro Dinamico Pegaso, MX @ Ceremonia 2014

 

Hit the jump for an extended list of artists on tour arranged by Grand Theft Auto V radio stations as well as a list of 2014 summer music festivals where GTA Soundtrack alumni are performing.

Social Club Crews

For Max Payne 3 to Grand Theft Auto V and beyond, Crews are groups of Social Club members who form persistent teams to compete and earn rewards in-game and on the Social Club website. Create a Crew or join one now - here are some Crews we've featured in the Crew Cut here at the Newswire:

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